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‘We are losing hope’

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Peggy Lammers

July 11, 2018, marked one year since Margaret Thornton “Peggy” Lammers, 60, was found murdered in the family’s vacation home on Stove Point Road in Deltaville.

While the investigation continues without an arrest, Mrs. Lammers’ daughter, A.J. Lammers, and her sister, Anne Fergusson of Richmond, are pleading for help from anyone who might have information on Mrs. Lammers’ activities in the days leading up to her death on July 10 or 11, 2017.

On Saturday, they went door to door in the Stove Point neighborhood handing out fliers seeking information. They also placed fliers around Deltaville and Saluda. In addition, a cash reward for information is being considered by the family, said Fergusson.

“Seeking Information”
The flier states: “The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office has emphasized that what seems trivial to you may be of great importance. My mother Margaret Thornton “Peggy” Lammers was found murdered in our family home on Stove Point on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She arrived in Deltaville on the afternoon of Saturday, July 8, 2017, and her last known contact was late afternoon Monday, July 10, 2017.

“It is now a year later and no arrests have been made. We, her family, know little more than we did then. As more time passes we are losing hope that the answers we need are coming, and are begging for your help. I am desperate to know what happened to my mom; and you, the members of her community may unknowingly hold vital information.

“Even if you think the information is unimportant, it could lead to a break in the case.” —Major M.E. Sampson, MSO

“Anything you may have noticed, no matter how small, may hold a key to finding her killer. If you were on Stove Point or had guests on the point, please let us know. If you saw her in town during last summer, we want to hear from you. Or for her Cleveland and Richmond community, if you spoke with her at all during this time we are asking that you contact us. The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office has emphasized that what seems trivial to you may be of great importance.

“If you were in the area Saturday, July 8, through Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and may have noticed anything or spoke with my mother during this time please either call the Middlesex Crime Line (804) 758-5600 or email us, at .”

Background
DNA that was recovered from the crime scene, from a person other than Lammers, is being analyzed. Multiple pieces of evidence were sent to the Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in Richmond last year, and more recently to a private lab in Florida, explained detective A.J. Miller of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) at a citizen meeting in May.

Investigators are still awaiting results, said Major M.E. Sampson of the MSO, this week.

Private labs use some state-of-the-art technology that the state forensic lab does not have, said Investigator Miller.

“This case is still an active case,” said Investigator Miller about 6 weeks ago. “It has not reached cold case status. I’m doing everything in my power to not let that happen.”

This week, Major Sampson said, “Investigators are continually trying different ways to approach the investigation, and reaching out to different sources.”

Anyone with information should call the MSO Crime Line at (804) 758-5600, said Major Sampson. “Even if you think the information is unimportant, it could lead to a break in the case.”

Search warrant
The search warrant executed by the MSO and filed in Middlesex Circuit Court, revealed grisly details from the crime scene at the “river home” of Mrs. Lammers’ late parents. Mrs. Lammers’ husband Tony, who lives out of state, had called the MSO on July 11, 2017, stating that attempts to contact Mrs. Lammers via cell and house phones had been unsuccessful at the Deltaville residence.

According to the search warrant, a Middlesex deputy responded and noticed an open sliding glass door at the rear of the single-story residence. He entered the house and found some things out of place—some handbags had been dumped out and a telescope was knocked over.

The deputy found Mrs. Lammers’ body in a hallway in “a pool of blood.” The deputy also noticed bloody shoe prints on the floor of the residence. The victim was barefoot. 

Mrs. Lammers, 60, was a resident of Gates Mill, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She also had ties to Richmond. 

posted 07.11.2018

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